Wednesday, August 24, 2016

#BreakingNews 250 Killed by #Earthquake in Italy many still missing - Please PRAY

UPDATE death toll raised to 250 killed. An earthquake in Central Italy has killed 159 people. Rescuers are still trying to find more people. The Quake occurred in central Italy at about 6.2-magnitude. Some survivors are being found amidst the rubble. The quake happenned in Amatrice, Italy on August 24.  Many buildings have collapsed in many mountain villages. The epicenter of the quake was near the town of Norcia in the region of Umbria. The  Red Cross is also searching for survivors. Some residents used their hands to go through the rubble. Rescue dogs also went through the debris. Many are injured and the death toll is likely to rise. Fatalities were reported in towns of Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto. Over 1,000 people have been displaced by the quake. Italy's President Sergio Mattarella said "At the moment we need to employ all our forces to save human lives, treat the injured and ensure the best conditions for the people displaced". President Barack Obama called the Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday to offer US help. 
The Benedictine Monks of Norcia were affected by the Quake and are temporarily moving to Rome. Here is there Official announcement via Facebook:
After a careful study of the developing seismic situation in our region of Italy, as a precautionary measure, we have decided to temporarily transfer our community to Rome.
The monks of the international Benedictine headquarters at St. Anselmo in Rome have kindly offered our monks a place to remain during this period of uncertainty. We would be grateful if you added the monks of St. Anselmo to your prayers for their generosity during our time of need.
While the community is in Rome, two monks will remain in Norcia to keep watch over the basilica and monitor the developing situation. They will avoid danger by sleeping in tents outside the city walls.

We strive to maintain the order of the Rule even during the most difficult of circumstances, and this transfer, while disruptive, will ensure the safety of our monks and grant us all the peace to continue to practice our monastic life.
Please continue to pray for our community, and consider giving a gift (https://en.nursia.org/donations/) to help our effort to rebuild.
The Monks of Norcia

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